Like many bodies of water in Alaska, Big Lake becomes a snow machine super highway when it’s frozen.
“We call it Ice-5,” Dan Mayfield said, adding it’s a play on Interstate 5 along the west coast. “This is our main winter highway and it’s important for people who live on the lake and for commerce on the lake.”
For 15 years, Dan and his wife Cathy have volunteered their time to take measurements along the ice road.
“I’m looking for the magic 12 inches. Basically that’s good for a three-quarter ton pickup going across the lake,” he explained.